Aristolochia serpentaria

Virginia Snake Root, Virginia Snakeroot

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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 90 days
Germination: sow seed 1/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed

Discover the medicinal virtues of Aristolochia serpentaria, or Virginia snakeroot, a beautiful perennial flowering plant from the birthwort family. Native to eastern North America, it's attracting huge interest for its healing properties, making it increasingly rare in the wild. Consider cultivating it in forest areas where it can thrive. Its roots are used to treat skin, circulatory and kidney disorders, as well as other diverse medicinal purposes such as toothaches and snake bites. The plant is also a host to the pipevine swallowtail butterfly, making it a great addition to butterfly gardens. Please note that the plant contains aristolochic acid and should be used cautiously with guidance from a qualified practitioner.

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